I really enjoy learning about how memory works and how it influences my students because that's a big factor in how their thinking operates, especially in terms of recalling events or imagination for personal and imaginative narratives.
I think about imagination a lot when working with lower elementary level, but by fifth grade, it is not something that I consider often. I like this article because it reminds me how important imagination is for all ages.
This is a video made by an elementary school student. I like to show this video before I start my narrative unit because the kids like to watch it and like to hear the writing process from another student.
I love this resource for PERSONAL narratives. This is a great resource because each lesson plans comes with a "demonstration" section that gives tips on how to implement the lesson and even the language to use. I particularly enjoy "close your eyes and play the event like a movie in your head."
This is a great resource to check for narrative comprehension. When we read a narrative story or before starting the writing part of the unit, I use this resource to help my students really think about all the details of narrative stories. It's great for comprehension checks, but I love the character worksheets. It enables the students to really think about each character, their traits, and their relation to the story.
This is a phenomenal resource that I use to "prime" my students before the official start of my narrative writing unit. The resource has great lesson plans to introduce students to narrative writing and then some writing assignments also. I particularly use it for the stories and assignments about the story to get my students thinking about narratives and what writing a narrative really means.